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Fort Dodge Couple Pleads To Meth Conspiracy

January 31, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A Fort Dodge couple who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine pled guilty January 30, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.

Stacy Hanson, 39, and Daniel Rial, 47, both from Fort Dodge, Iowa, were convicted of one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

At the plea hearing, Hanson and Rial each admitted to their involvement in a conspiracy that manufactured more than 50 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine from 2009 through January 2011 in the Fort Dodge, Iowa, area. According to pseudoephedrine purchase logs obtained in the investigation, Hanson and Rial acquired at least 267.6 grams of pseudoephedrine for purposes of manufacturing methamphetamine. On November 1, 2010, law enforcement officers conducted a search of Hanson and Rial’s residence. Officers seized numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine, including several empty boxes of blister packs of pseudoephedrine, rubber tubing, plastic gloves, and filters.

Sentencings before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after presentence reports are prepared. Hanson was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the plea hearing and Rial remains in custody of the United States Marshal and each will remain in custody pending sentencing. Hanson and Rial each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and at least 5 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Fort Dodge Police Department, and Webster County Sheriff’s Office.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 11-3002.



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